(Co`arc*ta"tion) n. [L. coarctatio.]
1. Confinement to a narrow space. [Obs.] Bacon.
2. Pressure; that which presses. [Obs.] Ray.
3. (Med.) A stricture or narrowing, as of a canal, cavity, or orifice.
(Coarse) a. [Compar. Coarser (kors"er); superl. Coarsest.] [As this word was anciently written
course, or cours, it may be an abbreviation of of course, in the common manner of proceeding, common,
and hence, homely, made for common domestic use, plain, rude, rough, gross, e. g., "Though the threads
be course." Gascoigne. See Course.]
1. Large in bulk, or composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in
material or close in texture; gross; thick; rough; opposed to fine; as, coarse sand; coarse thread; coarse
cloth; coarse bread.
2. Not refined; rough; rude; unpolished; gross; indelicate; as, coarse manners; coarse language.
Of what coarse metal ye are molded.
To copy, in my coarse English, his beautiful expressions.
Syn. Large; thick; rough; gross; blunt; uncouth; unpolished; inelegant; indelicate; vulgar.
(Coarse"-grained`) a. Having a coarse grain or texture, as wood; hence, wanting in refinement.
(Coarse"ly), adv. In a coarse manner; roughly; rudely; inelegantly; uncivilly; meanly.
(Coars"en) v. t. To make coarse or vulgar; as, to coarsen one's character. [R.] Graham.
(Coarse"ness) n. The quality or state of being coarse; roughness; inelegance; vulgarity; grossness; as,
coarseness of food, texture, manners, or language. "The coarseness of the sackcloth." Dr. H. More.
Pardon the coarseness of the illustration.
A coarseness and vulgarity in all the proceedings.
(Co`ar*tic`u*la"tion) n. (Anat.) The union or articulation of bones to form a joint.
(Co`-as*sess"or) n. A joint assessor.